A one-off tasting of the most reserved pinot in the Donum wine portfolio at a great midtown bistro
This was a one-off tasting of Donum Estate’s most Burgundian styled pinot noir. This particular wine has a very small production and is generally not offered as part of the wineries general offering. It has a slight higher price point at $110/btl.
My wife and I enjoyed this wine at an excellent French restaurant, Bistro Vendome, which is located at 405 east 58th street between 1st avenue and Sutton place. We have always found the food at this restaurant of the highest quality and this evening did not disappoint. I started with a small appetizer of Foie Gras with a fig sauce and we each had the special of the day, which was short ribs bourgeon with garlic mashed potatoes and baby carrots.
Donum Estate Thomas – 2009
On the nose, the wine had supple hints of cherries and a touch of dry wood which became much more expressive over time. The wine had a reasonable front palate, good middle palate and a long finish, with the finish evolving much bigger in comparison to the front and middle palate over time. The wine had a complex structure and was dark in color but not completely opaque. While there is still nothing like a top shelf red burgundy that is expressive of its limestone laden soil, this Donum comes close. Still you can’t completely remove the California terroir from the wine, nor should you.